Philadelphia (5-4) at Seattle (6-2-1)
When: Sunday, November 20th 2016
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: CBS
A pair of teams coming off impressive wins will meet Sunday afternoon in Seattle as the Seahawks host the Philadelphia Eagles in a Week 11 clash. Philadelphia improved to 4-0 at home last week with a 24-15 win over the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons, but are just 1-4 away from Lincoln Financial Field. It was just the second win in six games for the Eagles, who are above .500, but in last place in the NFC East. Quarterback Carson Wentz, who started the season off on fire, has since cooled off with only two touchdowns and four interceptions in the last five games. Lack of big play receivers is partly to blame as Jordan Matthews is the only consistent wideout with 23 catches and 216 yards in his last three contests. The running game really has not set number one back as both veteran Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews are making their mark in distinctly different ways. Sproles remains a threat in the passing game with eight receptions last week and Mathews rushed for a season-high 109 yards and scored twice to increase his touchdown total to four in the last three games. Philadelphia’s defense is ranked sixth overall and fifth in points allowed (17.8).
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Seattle is coming off an even bigger win than the Eagles last week, when they went up to Foxborough and stunned the Patriots with a last minute goal-line stand. Russell Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin for three touchdown passes last week while Baldwin also accounted for three scores (two passing, one rushing) in the last meeting with the Eagles – a 24-14 Seahawks win in December of 2014. The ground game for Seattle has shifted week-to-week but is expected to get Thomas Rawls (fibula) back for the first time this season. C.J. Prosise has emerged as the go-to guy recently and recorded a career-high 153 yards from scrimmage (66 rushing, 87 receiving) versus the Patriots last week. Seattle opted to end Christine Michael’s second stint with the club by waiving him this week. Seattle is expected to ease Rawls back into the system, so look for Prosise to continue to see a big workload. The Seahawks are on pace for a franchise low in rushing yards in a 16-game season. Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner’s 93 tackles are one shy of Cleveland’s Christian Kirksey for the NFL lead for a Seattle defense that ranks second in points allowed (17.6).
The Seahawks haven’t been as dominating at home as they have been in recent seasons and the Eagles defense will give Seattle some problems today. Seattle has covered the spread only once at home this season and at letdown is expected after a huge win Sunday night at New England. This is too many points to lay against a decent Philadelphia team.
Pick: Eagles +6.5